Management Team

Founded in 2009, ViZn Energy is comprised of a dedicated and passionate team of scientists, engineers and business leaders that are revolutionizing energy storage.

Stephen Bonner - President and CEO

Bonner was a Director as well as President and CEO of Cancer Treatment Centers of America for over 13 years. He is currently an advisor to four private equity firms as well as an Entrepreneur in Residence at The Harvard Business School. He is an investor, mentor, and advisor to many business and social entrepreneurs. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Amherst College and his Juris Doctor from Mitchell Hamline College of Law. Steve has very deep experience in scaling good ideas in multiple industries. Steve Bonner is a world-class executive with a strong track record of building billion-dollar businesses in Healthcare, Financial Services, and Business Information.

John M. Lowell - COO/VP Product Development

John has responsibility for both the product configuration and manufacturing functions at ViZn Energy. John was previously General Manager with P&L responsibility for all operations and engineering functions in North America for the Healthcare market segment inside Celestica. John came to Celestica when Celestica purchased AlliedPanels, where John was president of the US based subsidiary, and he led the integration of AlliedPanels into Celestica. Prior to joining Celestica, John was VP of world-wide operations for SonoSite, a diagnostic ultrasound company, where he had responsibility of all operations functions in 10 subsidiaries located world-wide. John grew SonoSite from ~$85M revenue in ’04 to over $240M by ’09. John has held other operations and engineering management/executive positions in Tektronix, Philips, and Esterline Technologies. John has a BS and MS in mechanical engineering from Montana State University, and has over 25 yrs experience in putting new products in the market in medical device, industrial, test and measurement, and computer peripheral industries.

Stu Sorensen – CFO and VP Administration

Stu has over 30 years of Finance and Accounting leadership experience for both hardware and software technology organizations, with strong domain knowledge in venture-funded and international operations. Sorensen served as CFO on Luminary Micro’s founding executive team where he helped lead this semiconductor startup firm from concept to acquisition by Texas Instruments, and more recently as CFO for Nuventix (sold to Aavid Thermalloy). He has also held senior financial positions at Texas Instruments and Motorola Semiconductor (now Freescale), as well as executive Finance roles for three other technology startups.

Del Allison - Senior VP Worldwide Sales and Service

Del has over 30 years of sales and management experience in both domestic and international companies in technology and renewable energy. Del has managed global sales teams with over $500 million in revenue and grew sales to over $1.5B in two years. He has extensive start up experience with fledgling companies with no revenue and grew sales to over $120 Million in less than three years. Del joins us from Solarbridge Technologies where he was a member of the senior executive staff. Del has held the title of VP of World Wide Sales at Pure Energy, Broadlight (acquired by BroadCom), Transwitch and Lucent-Ortel (acquired by Lucent) and served on Boards in the US, Canada and China.

Craig Wilkins - Chairman of the Board/Founder

Craig has 25 years of proven sales and executive management experience with a variety of start-ups in the financial and technology sectors. Mr. Wilkins is currently the Chairman of the Board of ViZn Energy, a privately held storage technology company. Previously, Craig was the founder and President/CEO of Acceptance Capital Mortgage Corporation (ACMC), a nationwide mortgage broker with 100 offices in 30 states. In 1996, Craig was a founder and principal owner in NetWireless, the largest distributor for Nextel Communications, which grew to $40M in revenue in less than 3 years before being sold. When NetWireless sold to Bearcom, Craig managed the combined corporate account teams for the company. Prior to his work at NetWireless, Craig was the Director of Sales for CSI Financial, the second largest purchaser of hospital receivables in the United States. Craig has a BA in Finance from University of Montana and completed his graduate studies in Economics.

Mike Grunow - VP of Marketing

With more than 15 years of experience, Mike Grunow has a strong record of commercial leadership within rapidly expanding businesses focused on deploying unique and differentiated clean energy technologies. Previously, as Vice President of Marketing for Moventas, he worked with the world’s largest utilities to enhance the profitability of their existing wind energy fleets. Grunow previously served in executive marketing and sales leadership roles for Trina Solar, helping them grow into the world’s largest solar panel manufacturer. Prior to Trina Solar, he served as a product line manager for General Electric’s wind energy business which grew 10X during his tenure. Grunow graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis and received his MBA in Finance from Columbia University.

Paul Siblerud - VP of Product Management

Paul joined ViZn after having worked at Semitool Inc. for 20 years in engineering, product management and marketing specializing in capital equipment for interconnect electroplating and advanced Wafer Level Packaging. As VP of Marketing and Electroplating he managed a division of more than $100M. In 2009, Applied Materials acquired Semitool and Siblerud assumed the position of CMO for the new division through 2012. During his tenure in semiconductor equipment industry, Siblerud started and managed two international consortiums promoting the technology of 3-D interconnect using Thru-Silicon-Via (TSV) and electroplated flip chip. Prior to his semiconductor career, Siblerud worked at Biola University in LaMirada California as a system manager. He studied Electrical Engineering and Bio-Medical Engineering at Pacific Lutheran University.

Kevin Waldher - VP of Finance and Investor Relations

Kevin has 26 years of creative financial structuring experience for acquisitions, development and resale of various types of businesses, commercial and residential real estate projects. He has owned, financed and resold over 350 different projects for his own account. His other past companies specialized in hard to place financing for business and real estate purchase and resale. Kevin has a BA in Finance from University of Idaho.

Jeff Hider - Director, Finance & Accounting

Jeff brings over 25 years of experience garnered from the Banking, Telecommunications, and Manufacturing sectors. Mr. Hider has significant hands-on expertise in finance, accounting, manufacturing, human resources, IT, and all aspects of business management. Jeff has worked extensively with both start-up and established companies, and is comfortable growing businesses from the bottom up or with finding untapped opportunities within established businesses. Mr. Hider is especially proficient in analyzing a company’s processes, identifying inefficiencies, and presenting real-world solutions in simple, easy to understand language. Jeff brings excellent communication and team building skills along with an inherent drive to help others succeed.

Joshua Rogol - VP of Sales, Americas

Joshua is focused on growing partnerships and scaling opportunities for ViZn.  Prior to ViZn, he was Vice President of Business Development for Urban Green Energy (UGE), managing a global development team focused on commercial and industrial solar and micro-grid deployment.  At UGE, he organized a fund and executed projects in China, Panama, Philippines, and the USA.  He was a founding member of PHOTON Consulting, where he developed a multi-million dollar revenue-generating online market research platform to bring transparency to the PV industry. Joshua holds a B.A., magna cum laude, in International Relations and Environmental Economics from Tufts University, and has completed additional studies at La Universidad de Playa Ancha in Valparaiso, Chile.

Daniel Baublis, P.E. - Vice President Global Project Delivery

With more than 30 years developing and delivering power projects around the globe, Mr. Baublis’ experience spans the spectrum of power projects. As Senior Vice President of CH2M Hill’s International Power Group, he managed a global team of more than 100 professionals providing engineering, consulting, and construction services to the global power market. As SVP of Engineering & Construction for InterGen, he was responsible for bringing more than 7,500 MW of coal and gas-fired power plants through development to realization in 8 countries. Dan has negotiated and executed EPC contracts from both the owner’s and contractor’s sides and participated in multi-billion dollar transactions including billion dollar plus loan guarantees from US EXIM and OPIC. As Managing Director for Riverstone Intellectual Capital, Dan supported investments in energy storage, biofuels, electric transportation and real estate , focusing on both the underlying technology and the real-world application and project delivery.

A graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (BS Mechanical Engineering) and Drexel University (MS Engineering Management).

Board of Directors

Stephen Bonner - President and CEO

Bonner was a Director as well as President and CEO of Cancer Treatment Centers of America for over 13 years. He is currently an advisor to four private equity firms as well as an Entrepreneur in Residence at The Harvard Business School. He is an investor, mentor, and advisor to many business and social entrepreneurs. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Amherst College and his Juris Doctor from Mitchell Hamline College of Law. Steve has very deep experience in scaling good ideas in multiple industries. Steve Bonner is a world-class executive with a strong track record of building billion-dollar businesses in Healthcare, Financial Services, and Business Information.

Craig Wilkins - Chairman of the Board/Founder

Craig has 25 years of proven sales and executive management experience with a variety of start-ups in the financial and technology sectors. Mr. Wilkins is currently the Chairman of the Board of ViZn Energy, a privately held storage technology company. Previously, Craig was the founder and President/CEO of Acceptance Capital Mortgage Corporation (ACMC), a nationwide mortgage broker with 100 offices in 30 states. In 1996, Craig was a founder and principal owner in NetWireless, the largest distributor for Nextel Communications, which grew to $40M in revenue in less than 3 years before being sold. When NetWireless sold to Bearcom, Craig managed the combined corporate account teams for the company. Prior to his work at NetWireless, Craig was the Director of Sales for CSI Financial, the second largest purchaser of hospital receivables in the United States. Craig has a BA in Finance from University of Montana and completed his graduate studies in Economics.

Kevin Waldher - VP of Finance and Investor Relations

Kevin has 26 years of creative financial structuring experience for acquisitions, development and resale of various types of businesses, commercial and residential real estate projects. He has owned, financed and resold over 350 different projects for his own account. His other past companies specialized in hard to place financing for business and real estate purchase and resale. Kevin has a BA in Finance from University of Idaho.

David Feffer - Board of Directors

David Feffer has been a health care executive and entrepreneur for 40 years with a focus on finance, planning and delivery of health care services.  During the past 30 years his career he has concentrated on the development of concepts, delivery mechanisms and companies to assist consumers become more effective decision makers regarding their health and health care. In 1983 he co-founded Health Incentives, the first telephonic nurse decision support company and served as its’ CEO.  In 1993 he joined Aetna Health Plans to found and head Informed Health, an independent subsidiary company of Aetna.  Following Aetna, Mr. Feffer joined Health Dialog in 1997 (as one of the first 4 employees) as a partner and Senior Vice President with responsibilities, throughout the company’s growth, for development of products and services, business development and participation in strategy. Mr.Feffer’s experience has included serving as an Administrative Officer with the Pan American Health Organization, Director of a Field Service Office for the United Mineworkers Health and Retirement Funds, Health Officer in Missoula Montana and head of his own consulting firm.   After leaving Health Dialog in 2009, Mr. Feffer has maintained an involvement in health care as an investor and senior advisor with Array Health, which offers a leading “end to end” platform to power private health insurance exchanges, and serving on the Board of Directors of North Valley Hospital in Whitefish Montana, where he is currently Vice-Chair.

He is –co-founder and Chair of The Crown of the Continent Guitar Foundation, whose mission is to establish Bigfork, Montana and the Flathead Valley as a leading international center for the guitar.  Mr. Feffer also serves on the Board of Directors for ViZn Energy, a next-generation grid energy storage technology company, and on the Board of Directors of the Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts.  Mr. Feffer received a BA in history and international affairs from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1971 and an MSPH in Health Administration from the University of North Carolina School of Public Health in 1975.  He is a full-time resident of Bigfork, Montana.

Kent Williams, Director

Mr. Williams is a strategic advisor to alternative energy companies focused on PHEV drive trains and new battery technologies. He assists automotive companies who are commercializing highly efficient, environmentally friendly, powertrain technologies for light and heavy-duty trucks, buses, vans, and SUVs. He also advises battery companies commercializing innovative material science technologies for consumer and industrial applications. His experience in the capital markets has included positions with Vista Asset Management, U.S. Trust, Wood Island Associates and Merrill Lynch.

Board of Advisors

The VIZN Board of Advisors is a group of technical and business professionals operating in the battery industry.  The Board of Advisors provides VIZN support in the area of research, strategic planning, and market development.  The Board of Advisors will convene once a quarter to discuss the recent developments of VIZN and provide input to future planning, product development, and business direction.

David Green - Former Global Marketing Officer, McDonald’s

Mr. Green is currently a business consultant and is serving on the board of Tuesday Morning Corporation (TUES). Mr. Green was Senior Vice President, Senior Marketing Officer – Global Marketing for McDonald’s Corporation when he retired in 2002. During Mr. Green’s 30-year tenure with McDonald’s Corporation, he directed and supervised all facets of marketing, advertising, marketing strategy, brand positioning and promotion and was ultimately responsible for the direction and overall supervision of McDonald’s marketing activities in the U.S. and around the world. Working closely with world-class advertising agencies and outstanding marketing professionals, he developed advertising and marketing programs, which positioned McDonald’s as the number one retail consumer brand in the world. As a result of his accomplishments, Mr. Green received numerous awards and commendations for advertising campaigns, product promotions, new product introductions and media strategies. He has also served as a member of the board of directors for the Association of National Advertisers, Anti-Defamation League – Chicago and the Aviation Profession Educational Center.

Jigar Shah - Former CEO, Sun Edison

Jigar works closely with some of the world’s leading influencers and guides policy makers around the globe on key issues to implement profitable solutions to climate change. Most recently Shah served as the first CEO of the Carbon War Room, the global organization founded by Richard Branson and Virgin Unite to harness the power of entrepreneurship to unlock the potential of proven climate change solution technologies to be deployed at scale.

Jigar founded SunEdison in 2003; today the world’s leading solar services company. SunEdison, through Shah’s perseverance and vision, simplified solar as a service through the implementation of the power purchase agreement (PPA) business model. That model changed the status quo, allowing organizations to purchase solar energy services under long-term predictably priced contracts and avoid the significant capital costs of ownership and operation of solar energy systems. The SunEdison business model is a recognized catalyst that turned solar PV into a multi-billion dollar industry worldwide.
Prior to that, Shah managed mergers & acquisitions, corporate strategy, and sales efforts for BP Solar, specializing in national commercial accounts. He also worked as a contractor for the Department of Energy on alternative vehicles and fuel cell programs.

Shah holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and an MBA from The University of Maryland. Besides the Carbon War Room, he also sits on the boards of the SolarNexus, KMR Infrastructure, Prometheus Institute and Greenpeace USA.

Jim Risher - Managing Director, Lumina Group

Mr. Risher served as CEO of DGT Holdings (DGT DGTH) Corporation in Chicago from 2006 until 2009, where he holds a position on the board of directors. He also currently acts as managing director at Lumina Group, LLC, a North Carolina firm engaging in advising and investing in mid-tier companies. Mr. Risher is currently a member of the board of directors of SL Industries, a diversified electronics firm with global reach, as well as the advisory board of Current Capital LLC, a New York private equity and investing and management services firm operating in the middle market. He previously held leadership positions at Motorola Computer Systems, Wang Corporation and IBM after earning an M.A. and B.A. in Economics and Statistics at the University of Texas in Austin and Arlington.